Proof of Progression: Usobiaga Onsights Second 5.14b

By Chris Van Leuven ,

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Patxi Usobiaga onsighted his second 5.14b, Pata Negra (Rodellar, Spain), on October 7. This 120-foot, steep endurance line was first onsighted by Czech climber Tomás Mrázek in September 2005.

Usobiaga, a Basque climber, made the third ascent of Chris Sharma's Realization (5.15a) on July 29, 2004. Last October (2005), Usobiaga onsighted Gaua (5.14b) in Lezian, Spain. And in July of 2005, he sent — within five tries — Kinematix (5.14d) in Gorge du Loup, France.

Patxi is the leader of the 2006 World Cup season (and winner of 2005 World Games) and has onsighted 13 5.14a (or harder) routes.;;;; www.joots.climbing

Date: 10/7/2006Comment on this story

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